Manga Realization Zero & Riden

Background:

Apocalypse Zero (覚悟のススメ Kakugo no Susume) is a manga series about a pair of siblings Kakugo and Harara who trained to fight against demon monsters that roam in post-apocalyptic Tokyo in the 21st Century. The two siblings were entrusted with reinforced exoskeleton armour forged from the souls of deceased warriors. When Harara turns half demon due to the Kasumi Armour, he turns on their father and decides to wipe out humanity, it is up to Kakugo to defeat him (yes it’s a him) and avenge his father.

  • Manga Realization Zero
  • Manga Realization Riden

Name: Reinforced Exoskeleton Zero / Reinforced Exoskeleton Riden
Manufacturer: Bandai
Line: Manga Realization
Sculptor: Takayuki Takeya (竹谷隆之)
Designer: Yamaguchi Takayuki (山口貴由)
Scale: Non-scale
Material: PVC, ABS, Die-cast
Release: Sept 2010
Original Price: ¥6,000 (approx. $73USD / $72AUD)
Height: 185mm / 7.28inches

Packaging:

The packaging design allows you to see all the contents through a large window at the front of the box. There is also a small rectangular window on the top, but you really can’t see much from there. Stylized fonts from the manga adorn the front of packaging, they look great and stand out on the shelves with silver foiled finish. On the back, more manga style graphics and comics boxes showing the toys in action. The only thing I didn’t like was the twisty wires, and there were plenty of them.

  • Manga Realization Zero & Riden packaging front
  • Manga Realization Zero & Riden packaging back

Accessories:

Zero comes with an extra head for when he goes into “Kakugo Complete” form, this is when he really means business, his face plate thickens and extra spikes comes out of his armour. Weapons wise, Riden comes with a samurai sword that can be carried on his back, and Zero come with the hip and pipe attachment for his signature attack, not sure what its called though. Both figures comes with extra hands.

  • Manga Realization Zero with optional head
  • Manga Realization Riden with samurai sword
  • Manga Realization Zero signature attack parts

Form/Sculpt:

The drawing style of anime and manga has come a long way since this series was released in 1996, if Bandai were to release a toy that looked exactly as it did in the manga/ anime, I don’t think it would have turned out very well at all. The Manga Realization toy line manages to take the essence of the character and gives it a modern and realistic interpretation. Both Zero and Riden look great, although I personally much prefer the character design of Riden. Both figures come with die-cast elbows, knees and feet.

Manga Realization Zero

Manga Realization Riden

Articulation/Action:

Both Zero and Riden have pretty much the same articulation, I have a sneaking suspicion they both have the same inner frame – that’s not to say it’s a bad thing as both figures pose very well. Each figure comes with 21 points of articulation, as well as double jointed knees and elbows. What’s good about the design is that all the joints have a wide range of movement, the only let down here is that they can’t quite make the kneeling pose.

  • Manga Realization Zero ready for action
  • Manga Realization Riden ready to kick ass
  • Manga Realization Zero attack!
  • Manga Realization Riden draws his sword
  • Manga Realization Zero punch!
  • Manga Realization Riden sword drawn
  • Manga Realization Riden attack!
  • Manga Realization Zero & Riden shake hands

Paint/Print:

Paint jobs on these guys are very well applied. Nice vibrant glossy coats of paint with subtle shading and highlighting. Taking a closer look, you can see there are almost no mistakes and imperfections. This is partly thanks to the “gritty” paint style of SIC toys, which I quite like.

  • Manga Realization Zero chest paint detail
  • Manga Realization Zero head and scarf paint detail
  • Manga Realization Zero back and shoulder paint detail
  • Manga Realization Zero thighs paint detail
  • Manga Realization Riden head paint detail
  • Manga Realization Riden chest paint detail

Detail/Features:

The obligatory comparison with S.O.G Karas, same scale as Zero and Riden and displays well together. Next is a comparison between the S.H.Figuarts Zero and Manga Realization Zero, similar in detail but the Manga Realization version comes with less die-cast and the scarf doesn’t quite look as good and “flowy” as the S.H.Figuarts version. And the last one just for a bit of fun…Karas vs Riden in a sword fight!! I would so watch this anime!

  • S.O.G Otoha Karas vs Manga Realization Zero & Riden
  • S.H.Figuarts Zero vs Manga Realization Zero
  • S.O.G Karas vs Manga Realization Riden in sword fight!

Overall:

Let’s firstly forget about the anime/manga and just think about this set of action figures as they are. They are both beautifully made, looks awesome on display and a whole heap of fun to play with. At ¥6,000 for the set, the price is pretty good also. Unfortunately (or fortunately for prospective buyers), this set hasn’t been very well received for some reason and I’ve seen them go on sale quite often, sometimes up to 50% off! Perhaps due to the lack of interest towards the story, but nonetheless it gives you a good chance to pick these guys up for a good price!

Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed it!



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11 Comments

    nice review there matte! Hope I could get myself of that Movie Realization release.. :)

    • Hi Locust, glad you liked the review. There I some really nice Movie Realization figures out there, I highly recommend the Batman & Batpod release if you’re looking to get into this line!

    The Batman and Batpod set is pretty expensive here in the Philippines, actually I am really planning on getting these set, Im actually more of a S.I.C. collector but just seing the details on this figures is making me want to get these. :)

    • this is a good set, and not overly expensive either. I think HLJ had them on sale not long ago!

    hey, thanks for the info.. appreciate it..!

    • no worries mate. I just checked all the online stores I usually visit including HLJ, looks like they are all sold out though, sorry about that…

    • hi locust, just want to let you know Angolz has stock of this set, on sale too! Send them an email if you’re interested!:)

    How have you been bro? I was trying to find out which one was better..money is not the issue, so which one would you say is better the s.h. figuarts one or this one…I trust your word bro.

    • Hey Tim, I have both and I do prefer the SIC version mainly because it comes with Riden. But if we’re strictly comparing Zero, then it will be tougher. Both the SIC and SHF versions are well made, it really comes down to which size you collect? 6″ or 7″ figures?

    Your the greatest bro, I was thinking that. I just wasn’t for, because the possibility looked like it was better on the smaller one. Since you said their both the same..I go with the bigger one then thank you again

    • No worries mate! You won’t be disappointed with either:)

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